Kevin Starr


Born
in San Francisco, California
September 03, 1940

Died
January 14, 2017

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Kevin Starr was an American historian, best-known for his multi-volume series on the history of California, collectively called "America and the California Dream".

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California: A History

3.75 avg rating — 988 ratings — published 1980 — 8 editions
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Golden Gate: The Life and T...

3.42 avg rating — 243 ratings — published 2010 — 4 editions
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Americans and the Californi...

3.93 avg rating — 136 ratings — published 1973 — 6 editions
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Inventing the Dream: Califo...

4.01 avg rating — 113 ratings — published 1985 — 3 editions
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Golden Dreams: California i...

4.13 avg rating — 122 ratings — published 2009 — 4 editions
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Material Dreams: Southern C...

4.06 avg rating — 109 ratings — published 1990 — 4 editions
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Coast of Dreams: California...

3.77 avg rating — 111 ratings — published 2004 — 6 editions
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Endangered Dreams: The Grea...

4.03 avg rating — 72 ratings — published 1995 — 4 editions
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Embattled Dreams: Californi...

4.13 avg rating — 68 ratings — published 2003 — 6 editions
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The Dream Endures: Californ...

4.11 avg rating — 44 ratings — published 1996 — 4 editions
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Americans and the Californi... Inventing the Dream: Califo... Material Dreams: Southern C... Endangered Dreams: The Grea... The Dream Endures: Californ... Embattled Dreams: Californi... Golden Dreams: California i...
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“Wilde stepped off the train in Oakland wearing a Spanish sombrero, a velvet suit, a puce cravat, yellow gloves, and buckled shoes, and wended his way across the bay to the Bohemian Club, where he is reported to have drunk his hosts under the table.”
Kevin Starr, California: A History

“Most dramatically, the Bridge served as an agonizing or exhilarating psychological symbol for the more than 1.2 million servicemen and women who sailed beneath it during World War II and for those soldiers and Marines who saw it from the air as their chartered World Airways or Flying Tiger plane took off from the Oakland Airport, banked westward across both bridges, and headed to Vietnam. Seen upon departure, whether from the channel or the air, the Golden Gate Bridge expressed the life left behind and the fearsome dangers to come. Seen upon return, the Bridge suggested safe harbor, recovery, the joy of life in years that now would be theirs.”
Kevin Starr

“And that question is, is San Francisco just a boutique city? A theme park? Or do creative forces still coalesce there?”
Kevin Starr